To Love Again;

I always find love, because love always finds me. It’s amazing how I just walked into a classroom, Met a new friend for dinner, Signed onto Facebook, Went to a homecoming dance, Gave the cashier my number on a napkin, Was standing in the lunch line to get a plain chicken sandwich… Love is always,…

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Fine Company;

If you were to have asked me what I wanted to be when I grow up, whether it have been a week ago or even three years ago, I would have easily told you that I wanted nothing more than to be happy. But now, this concept has become almost foreign to my mystique. I…

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Glass Closet

I fell in love at 15… I had a boyfriend that never forgot to show me how much he cared, regardless of the fact that our relationship was very private (because of my preference) and long distance (because of life’s preference). We met in eighth grade, and I’ll never forget the first time I laid…

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Love & Yearning

Ambition Caring Openness Understanding Kindness Compassion Courage Vulnerability Affection Patience Humor Sensuality Liberation I’m making the choice on how I want to view the world, on how I want to view myself. I’m making the choice to fall in love with myself. I’m making the choice to learn from my first graders, from all of…

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Be

The year of 2016, my time in Panamá in particular, feels like it was carving away all of the excess marble to bring me closer to my true self… Like Marianne Williamson once described about Michelangelo’s David. And now the year is 2017, and I remember the time when 17 was my lucky number. A…

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Throughout the Years

Connecting the Dots As I look back on my life, like many times before, I somehow… I feel… Different. This time, I see so much amazement and glorious potential because I see a young Black girl confused about her sexuality, religious views, body image, popularity, the cycle of childhood trauma, being the black sheep of…

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My Cultures & Identities

“My daddy North Carolina Mi mama es de Panamá You mix dat Negro Con Latino MAKE A KIARECKLESS” – Inspired to Beyoncé’s “Formation” I am African-American and Panameña. In my present, I am what the past envisioned of as a brighter future. I am a brighter future because they were the light. I am a…

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What Gives Me Joy

Naps in the rain, let’s call it a lazy day Running, walking, biking, swimming (or being near water) outside The refreshing feeling after I eat fruits and veggies Reading a good book, wondering why I ever stopped reading consistently, and wishing everyone felt this same pleasure Writing: imagining my future, reflecting on my past, and…

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If I Could Talk to My Teen-aged Self

The one thing I would say For each teenaged age Is at 13, Stand in your truth. 14, Live outside your comfort zone and explore! 15, Work hard, keep making it look easy, and don’t forget to enjoy life too. 16, Step into the unknown, and trust that it will be brilliant. 17, Everything happens…

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